In our post, we are going to answer the following question: Can I use my EBT card at Trader Joe’s? If you are not familiar with Trader Joe’s, let me explain. Trader’s Joe’s is a privately owned chain of neighborhood grocery stores. They pride themselves on their selection of high quality organic and non-organic products, variety of food inspired from all around the globe, great customer service and affordable prices. Trader Joe’s originally got it’s start in California and has since spread to 459 locations all over the United States. To find out whether your local Trader Joe’s accepts EBT cards, keep reading below.
Can I use my EBT card at Trader Joe’s?
To answer the question you’ve been waiting for – Yes, Trader Joe’s does accept EBT cards as a form of payment at all locations. In 2014, EBT card use was limited to only the 150 Trader Joe’s locations in California; However, since that time, all Trader Joe’s locations across the United States have been approved to accept EBT as a form of payment. To redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at Trader Joe’s using your EBT card, simply select the items you wish to purchase as normal and checkout at any of their available point-of-sale terminals. You can use your EBT card just like a normal debit card at the point-of-sale terminal. Once you swipe your card, you’ll be prompted to enter your 4-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN). You must have this information in order to complete the transaction. Also, be sure to only select eligible food items when redeeming SNAP benefits at Trader Joe’s using your EBT card.
Not sure which items are eligible to be purchased using your EBT benefits? Check out our list below.
- Bread, cereal, granola bars
- Dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese, etc.)
- Fresh, Frozen and Canned Fruits
- Fresh, Frozen and Canned Vegetables
- Fresh and Frozen Seafood (fish, shellfish, etc.)
- Poultry (chicken breast, chicken thighs, chicken drumsticks, turkey breast, etc.)
- Pork products (pork chops, pork tenderloin, bacon, pork sausage, etc.)
- Red Meat (steak, ground beef, ribs, etc.)
- Dessert Items (ice cream, brownies, cookies, etc.)
- Candy (Trader Joe’s variety of chocolate bars)
- Frozen food items (butter chicken, mushroom ravioli, pasta, etc.)
- Soft Drinks (Italian soda, juice, etc.)
- Snack Crackers and Chips (potato chips, veggie chips, crackers, pretzels etc.)
- Cooking Oils (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, etc.)
- Seeds, Nuts and Plants (cashews, nut variety packs, peanut butter, etc.)
Your EBT card cannot be used to purchase protein bars, protein powder or prepared food from Trader Joe’s. More items that cannot be purchased at Trader Joe’s using your EBT card include vitamins, medicine, household products, cleaning supplies, alcohol, tobacco, prepared food, feminine products and cosmetics. Check out our other posts to see if EBT cards are accepted at Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club, Target, Kroger, 7-11, Whole Foods, Subway and more!
We hope this post was helpful to you. If you would like us to find more retailers that accept EBT, please leave your suggestions in the comment section below. We love to hear from you!